Notes: Lychee, Dried Fruits, Osmanthus, Rum, Rose, Jasmine, Freesia, Cyclamen, Patchouli, Sandal, Beeswax, Vanilla.
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The Bottom Line: Long before Angel was spreading its wings and soaring, Balenciaga was inspired to try its own gourmand, and though not a commercial triumph, I do believe they succeeded. Talisman is a warm, rich gourmand in the style of Frapin and Todd Oldham, a great big boozey fruity floral turned on its head with the addition of notes like beeswax and rum. Though not as cloying as it might sound, it definitely packs a punch. Equally appropriate for a man or woman, pick this one up now for cool autumn evenings and let this Talisman work its magic.